LOS ANGELES: A police officer in the US state of New Mexico died Friday after being shot by a passenger in a car he had pulled over, the latest deadly incident involving law enforcement in the country. Three suspects were taken into custody after the 3:41 pm (2141 GMT) traffic stop in the town of Hatch. Officials said the trio was allegedly responsible for shooting the officer and for shooting another man during a carjacking, triggering a massive manhunt and high-speed chase.–AFP

The condition of the hijacked car driver was unknown.